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Under 21s beaten by Forest

3 September 2012

Sky Blues Under 21s go down to Forest at the Alan Higgs Centre

Coventry City Under 21s went down 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in their latest PDL clash. 

Senior defenders Kevin Malaga and Nathan Cameron featured for City at the Alan Higgs Centre as Forest took the lead through David Morgan after 31 minutes with Ben Osbourn netting a second for the visitors eight minutes after the hour.

City fielded a young side consisting mainly of Under-18's players and lacking any strikers with midfielders Louis Garner and Jemel Wiseman starting up front. 

Despite this, it was the home side who started the brighter with the impressive Will Roberts sent clean through in the 2nd minute only to fire wide of the left-hand post.

Louis Garner fired in an effort from 25 yards but as the first-half wore on, the away side began to dominate the game with their captain David Morgan controlling the midfield. 

It was Morgan who put Forest ahead on the half-hour after he received the ball in the area and finished well into the bottom corner past Lee Burge.

Coventry struggled to mount any pressure on the Forest goal before and after the break. They fell further behind in the second half from a well taken goal by Ben Osbourn in the 68th minute.

He was able to pick up a misplaced pass from Burge 30 yards out and after evading two defenders, he rifled his shot past the City keeper, despite Burge getting a hand to it.

Jack Finch, Courtney Baker-Richardson and Ben Maund were all introduced in the second half but to no avail as Coventry slipped to defeat in the summer sun.

One positive for Coventry is that senior defender Nathan Cameron came through the 90 minutes unscathed as he continues his comeback from injury.

Academy Manager Gregor Rioch said: "It was a difficult day for some of the lads but I am sure they will bounce back from it.

"We did well in two-thirds of the pitch but struggled in the final third. We were just lacking that cutting edge today but there were a lot of positives to come out of the game despite defeat.

"It will take time as it was a young side today and clubs are still getting used to the Under-21 system but I am sure it will come.

"We have a lot of good, young talent here, as we have for the last few years, and this stage will bring on these players games even further."

Team

Coventry City: Burge, J Smith, Donald, Henderson, Malaga (Baker-Richardson), Cameron, Roberts, Lawton (Maund), Garner, Wiseman (Finch), Rankin
Subs: Fagan (GK), Fletcher

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